Israel Bombs Hizballah Missile Convoy on Syria-Lebanon Border

An Israeli official confirms to TIME that an air strike on the Syria-Lebanon border was Israel's doing, aimed at stopping certain missiles entering the arsenal of militant group Hizballah

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Israeli soldiers stand next to mobile artillery vehicles on the Israel-Lebanon border near the northern town of Kiryat Shmona, Dec. 29, 2013.

Israeli warplanes hit a convoy carrying surface-to-surface missiles into Lebanon on Monday night, a senior Israeli security official confirms to TIME. The air strike, around 10:30 p.m. local time on the border between Lebanon and Syria, was the seventh known operation since the Syrian civil war began in 2011 and was an expression of Israel’s only clear policy regarding that deadly conflict: That it will not let Syria’s war become an opportunity for the militant group Hizballah to improve its anti-Israeli arsenal.

The specifics of the missiles targeted by the Monday strike were not immediately available. But the Israeli official indicated they could carry warheads heavier and more dangerous than almost all of the tens of thousands of missiles and rockets Hizballah now has pointed toward Israel. Earlier airstrikes targeted four categories of armaments Israeli officials warned it would destroy if detected moving into Hizballah’s home territory of Lebanon from Syria, where its forces are fighting on behalf of President Bashar Assad:

“Our policy is clear,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday, when asked about the overnight strike. “I don’t comment about what we did or didn’t do—but we will do whatever is needed to protect Israel’s security.”

Netanyahu’s remarks followed the fine line Israeli officials typically tread in the wake of such attacks–pointedly tough enough to underscore the country’s “red lines” but stopping short of explicitly acknowledging responsibility, lest leaders of Syria or Hizballah feel obliged to retaliate out of an insult to their pride.

Israeli officials have long said Israel has no clear stake in who prevails in the civil war. A victory for Assad would preserve the devil Israel knows—and by the end of a long war his regime’s military would also be severely degraded, as well as deprived of the chemical arsenal that had been Syria’s primary strategic weapon against Israel. A victory for the opposition might install Sunni extremists, including those linked to al-Qaeda, on its border, next door to the Shia extremists of Hizballah. But that prospect, however unwelcome, has not been enough to bring Israelis to intercede on behalf of Syria and Hizballah, both of whom are backed by archenemy Iran.

“The further we stay away from it, the better it is for Israel,” says retired Israeli diplomat Oded Eran.

And so Israel’s military picks its spots—so far successfully. Analysts say Israeli decision-makers have calculated that Hizballah is too busy in Syria to risk opening a new front with Israel, an estimate that Hizballah appears to share. The airstrikes Monday occurred in darkness—”They still think if they’re driving in convoy at night they can’t be seen,” muses the Israeli security official—in a mountainous area where the border between Syria and Lebanon is poorly marked. But Hizballah’s satellite television news channel Al-Manar reported no strike occurred on the Lebanese side, relieving Hizballah leaders of any reflexive obligation to defend their home turf. The Israeli official said the strike may well have occurred on the Lebanese side of the border, but emphasized that the pilot’s operational decision of where to direct his munitions is driven by a desire to avoid collateral damage—such as nearby civilian houses—”not this side or that side of the border.”

Reports of such air strikes are likely to continue given Hizballah’s determination to gain recompense from the Assad regime that its forces have spilled blood defending, says Eyal Ben-Reuven, a reserve major general who served as deputy head of Israel’s northern command. He spoke Tuesday morning in a conference call arranged by The Israel Project, a non-profit that promotes Israel’s viewpoint to the international press.

“I’m assuming we are not facing any real possibility that Hizballah will attack here on our border,” says Ben-Reuven. “I say that first of all because Hizballah is very busy with fighting in Syria, and with threats inside Lebanon. But that’s our logic,” he adds.

9 comments
DocStevens
DocStevens

These are symptoms. The problem generating ALL the warfare:

1. all muslims are ruined by man-made Islam's brainwashing.

2. Due to the evil, man-made Koran, ALL muslims are hate-filled infidels...

   hate filled infidels for 1500 years. They blame the west & Israel, but it's islam & the evil man-made invention the koran that has 

    ruined these infidel islamics.

3. These evil islamics and the ruined peoples mistermed "Palestinians" must be educated to the fact that they are from Cyprus. 70 

    AD The Romans shipped them to Israel, attempting to stop The Hebrews from returning to The Jewish Homeland: Israel.

4. It is decades past time for Israel to stop offering free medical care, water & food to the terrorist arabs that illegally occupy the

    Land of Israel, mistermed "the west bank" & "gaza" -both areas have been Israel for centuries longer that the pedophile mu-

    HAM-MAD raped the 6-12 year olds of the civilizations that the bi-polar mad-man destroyed.

DenisMacEoin
DenisMacEoin

Israel does have another clear policy with regard to the Syrian conflict. It openly treats Syrian refugees in its field hospitals.

JamesPadgett
JamesPadgett

Israel is pretending to have hit missiles being transported to Lebanon for the Hezbollah to justify COMING attacks in the Qalamoun area (from which weapons are transported to the rebels/terrorists fighting to remove the Assad regime - which of course Israel supports.  It did the same thing some time back when it attacked the Syrian Military Research Center.  It pretended to have also attacked missiles at that time being transported to the Hezbollah.  -   Lebanon has repeatedly filed complaints to the U.N. about Israel's many violations of its airspace, but since the U.S. runs the U.N. (and Israel runs the U.S.), nothing has been done.  Many U.N. resolutions have been totally ignored by Israel for years to vacate the Golan Heights.  But again, since it is Israel - which controls the U.S. - which controls the U.N. - the inaction concerning the many resolutions is allowed to go on.  --- Sad truth:  Israel, the U.S., Britain, France, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are all very guilty of war crimes for how they have ALL violated the U.N. Charter by their military actions in Syria, a country which did absolutely nothing to provoke them.  Because the U.S. wants to remove the Assad regime, since the outset of the crisis, the western media has presented a fictitious panoply of what is going on in Syria.   It has falsely demonized Assad - ascribing to his army falseflag operations carried out by the "rebels" and Al-Qaeda related terrorists.  The truth, which you will not find out unless you look beyond the Western media propaganda machine, is that the Assad army has carried out NO ATROCITIES.  It's air force has used NO BARREL BOMBS or indiscriminately bombed civilians.   But the western media propaganda machine, a puppet of our govt. continues to spew forth lies and deceptons.  All of the major leaders of the Orthodox Church, Catholic Church and Protestant Churches recently came to Washington, DC to protest the false way the western media has portrayed the crisis in their country and to demand that the West stop arming and funding groups to remove Assad.  80 percent of the country in the most recent poll taken - SUPPORT HIM.   

GuoLiang
GuoLiang

If they were smart they'd have Hezbollah fight Hamas instead.

DocStevens
DocStevens

@JamesPadgett All arabs are brainwashed from birth. Either you are aware of that fact or you must break-free of the poisonous brainwashing that has damaged your perception. ASS-ad took over from ara-RAT as one of the world's chief terrorist. ASS-ad attempted to use poisons beyond his border. ASS-ad is attempting to move iraq's weapons of mass destruction from syria to Lebanon. The world supports the actions of Israel to reduce ASS-ad the muslim's threats upon the civilized world. You are brainwashed, therefore you are ignorant of the fact that there are no "palestinians." These illegal arab occupants inhabiting ISRAEL were shipped from Cyprus, by the romans, after 70 AD. They must be returned to their homeland-Cyprus. These muslims have brought nothing to the civilized world but hatred & warfare, wherever the civilized world allows these fools to occupy. arabs stone their own children, bash babies heads against walls, treat women as animals, blow up schools in Russia, hijack jets & ships at sea, blow up embassies & sky scrappers. They must be educated or separated from civilization.

יהודהאלידע
יהודהאלידע

@JamesPadgett It's killing you, darling, isn't it. How Arabs murder Arabs, instead of targeting your eternal enemy, the Jewish Elders Council that directly controls the US and thru this leverages the world at large. No problem, this hatred sentiment already kill many others and your invited to join them in Valhalla. We can help you starting the voyage ASAP but no guaranty of 72 fair virgins at destination.   

A_Reality_Czech
A_Reality_Czech

@JamesPadgett  


According to UN SC 1701, Lebanon was supposed to disarm Hezbollah as part of the ending of hostilities between Israel and Lebanon in 2006:

"-- full implementation of the relevant provisions of the Taif Accords, and of resolutions 1559 (2004) and 1680 (2006), that REQUIRE THE DISARMAMENT OF ALL ARMED GROUPS IN LEBANON, so that, pursuant to the Lebanese cabinet decision of 27 July 2006, THERE WILL BE NO WEAPONS OR AUTHORITY IN LEBANON OTHER THAN THAT OF THE LEBANESE STATE;"

http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2006/sc8808.doc.htm

So how's that working out?

dlemaster
dlemaster

@JamesPadgett

I recommend reading Genesis 12:3 and 27:29 before you take a side in favor of anything to do with Syria. Israel is perfectly within their rights to defend themselves. This fighting will only intensify in the years to come. Keep reading the Bible right on through into Revelation and it will tell you who wins the battle. I am pretty sure it won't be Syria whether Assad is the leader or not!